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Chelan Valley Hope offers just that

CHELAN — When 2-year-old Montserrat Blanco of Chelan needed a liver transplant in October, her close-knit family wanted to be near her.
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Neighbors Care Fund — Entiat Regional Health Clinic still building

ENTIAT — Bundled against the cold, patients wander in from the icy darkness, happy to find warmth and hoping for relief. Before long, coughs and sniffles turn to lively chatter and laughter. Everyone in Entiat seems to know each other. The wait for those seeking cold remedies, sports physicals and something to cure an ear infection goes by quickly.

Donations push Neighbor’s Care Fund over $16,000

As of Christmas Day, 72 additional contributions have come into this year’s Neighbors Care Fund, for a total of $16,080. Those making contributions are listed below. Those contributing after Tuesday will be listed in next week’s Your News section.

Preventative education

WENATCHEE — In most ways, Readiness to Learn is the perfect program for helping troubled children improve their chances of succeeding in school. So thinks Doug Head, Wenatchee Children’s Home Society administrator. “It’s darn near perfect, except it’s not enough,” said Head. This is the 19th year the Children’s Home Society has worked with local schools to help kids stay in school and be more prepared to learn. The program helps kids who are struggling in school — often due to problems at home — before they develop more serious ...

First Neighbor’s Care Fund donations are in

The holiday season is upon us, and the North Central Washington community is already feeling charitable. A week into The Wenatchee World’s annual Neighbors Care Fund drive, donations have hit $1,495 and are steadily climbing.

Upper Valley MEND and Community Cupboard help the unemployed and working poor

LEAVENWORTH — A lot of new faces have been showing up at the Community Cupboard the past few years. Long-term unemployed and minimum wage earners or part-time workers who struggle to pay their bills have added to the steady stream of elderly, handicapped and single parent families who regularly require help at Leavenworth’s Community Cupboard food bank and thrift store. The Community Cupboard and its parent agency Upper Valley MEND is one of four regional non-profit groups picked for this year’s Neighbors Care Fund.

Neighbors Care Fund kicks off 12th year to help kids and food banks

WENATCHEE — Families gathering for a joyful Thanksgiving feast. Children excited with the anticipation of gifts piled high beneath a Christmas tree. Those are the images that come to mind as the holiday season begins. Those were also the images that came to mind when Wenatchee World editors gathered with Beth Stipe, executive director of the Community Foundation of North Central Washington and Alan Walker, executive director of United Way of Chelan & Douglas Counties, to pick recipients of this year’s Neighbors Care Fund.
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Literacy opens doors: Language capabilities translate into better jobs

WENATCHEE — Alfonso Flores credits the Wenatchee Valley Literacy Council for helping him become a citizen of the United States last month. English may be a difficult second language to learn for Flores, who immigrated here from Mexico 10 years ago, but he knows his chances of keeping and advancing in his job will improve along with his skill to speak, read and write.
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YMCA After School Program offers affordable child care for working parents

There’s a better option for children of working parents than sitting at home alone in front of a television. The YMCA After School Program provides youngsters with supervised educational and physical activities and a chance to make new friends while their parents finish their work day.
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Fund donations helping kids learn to read

EAST WENATCHEE — When Kristyna Krull hears a child say “I hate reading,” she knows what’s really going on. They can’t do it well — yet. And she’s determined to turn that around.

There still is need

Contributions grow, but the need is still great. The Wenatchee World’s Neighbors Care Fund is in the midst of its annual fundraising drive. The recipients of this year’s effort will be agencies that help people become, and remain, employable. In these times, there are few things more important. Contributions will go to the YWCA’s Cafe AZ’s, AmeriCorps tutors, the YMCA’s After School Program and the Wenatchee Valley Literacy Council.

It’s that time again, everyone …

’Tis the season for giving. And give we do at Christmastime, the most important time of the year for charities. Last year’s figure for charitable giving came to $290 billion, according to a recent Christian Science Monitor story.
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Neighbors Care Fund: Helping neighbors find work

WENATCHEE — The holiday season brings a time of thanks, gift-giving, cheer and glowing optimism about the coming year. But what if you don’t have a job? Or if the job you have is on the line? Suddenly the future and likely the present doesn’t seem so bright. Each year, The Wenatchee World has asked its readers to make holiday donations to help a selection of local nonprofit agencies essential to the community.

Neighbors Care Fund is huge success this year

WENATCHEE — The Wenatchee World’s 10th annual Neighbors Care Fund achieved great success this holiday season thanks to community contributions. At the end of the drive, the Community Foundation of North Central Washington reported 327 contributions totaling $48,565, a record amount for the fund. The recipient agencies — Solomon’s Porch, Chelan-Douglas Community Action Council, Okanogan Community Action Council and The Bruce transitional housing facility — will split the proceeds.

Neighbors Care Fund tops $48,000

As of Tuesday, nine more contributions were made to this year’s Neighbors Care Fund, for a total of $48,330. Included in the latest batch of donations is $100 that Scott Ballard contributed. As the winner of The Wenatchee World’s Christmas Lights Contest, Ballard was to receive a $100 gift certificate to a local retailer. He asked, instead, that the money go to the Neighbors Care Fund campaign. Those making contributions in the past week are listed below:

Neighbors Care Fund surpasses $47,000

As of Tuesday, 35 more contributions were made to this year’s Neighbors Care Fund, for a total of $47,770. Those making contributions in the past week are listed below. Those contributing after Tuesday this week will be listed in next week’s Your News section. On behalf of Paine Electronics LLC, Employees

Teen center halfway to goal of establishing a shelter

WENATCHEE — Desiree Knemeyer remembers the snowy November night two years ago when she realized how badly Wenatchee needed an overnight teen shelter. It was 9 p.m., closing time for Solomon’s Porch, a teen outreach center downtown. A couple dozen teens had been hanging out all evening, shooting pool, playing Guitar Hero and gabbing about life on the Porch’s comfy sofas.